Hong Sar was born in Karen State 1983, Myanmar to Mon parents during a period of civil war in the region. His family was forced to move after intense fighting and a deliberate fire swept through his hometown. His father worked as a photographer and despite losing most of his black and white photographs during the fire, he re-established a dark room in his new house and allowed his son to accompany him when developing pictures, sparking young Hong Sar’s interest in his future career.
In 1999 Hong Sar undertook a dangerous journey crossing over the border, leaving Myanmar for Thailand, in order to get a better education in the camps. In 2004 he moved to Sangkhlaburi and started working as a journalist, whilst at the same time learning and experimenting with photography and photo-journalism. After 2 years in Sangkhlaburi Hong Sar moved to Mae Sot to continue studying. Here he also learnt about videography and soon scored a job working with migrant education as a photographer/ videographer.
In 2010 he moved to Chiang Mai to assist a prominent Burmese media agency - Mizzima http://www.mizzima.com). However in early 2011 Hong Sar was offered a job as staff photographer and assistant video editor with the reputable Human Right Education Institute of Burma http://www.hreib.com), where he still works, documenting their projects, editing footage coming out of Myanmar and raising awareness of the Burmese people’s situation.
When not working, Hong Sar is constantly developing his creativity hunting for that perfect shot. He has assisted TAT in Chiang Mai, helping Thai tourism as well as other international photographers during their visit. He is a member of IPOT (International Photographers on Tour) and TIPS http://www.thailandphoto.org/), often joining their trips into the countryside to capture life in Chiang Mai province.
Resettling in Myanmar in 2013, following the country’s transition after the 2010 elections, Hong Sarreturned toMizzima News Agency as chief photographer for the Mizzima Weekly news magazine and both the Myanmar and English-language versions of the company’s news website.
Hong Sar also offers freelance photography for international media and clientsin Myanmar. For more information about hiring Hong Sar for freelance photography assignments, please contact him via the details below.